The Dustdevil P.R.I.D.E. Scholarship Endowment was dreamt up by the inaugural 2015-16 Student Philanthropy Council in an effort to empower fellow Dustdevils by reducing financial stress. Selected scholars are recognized for their TAMIU pride, academic achievement, and commitment to serving our community.
The scholarship was launched in 2016 and has since then awarded 8 students with a $1,000 scholarship and created an endowment of $25,000. P.R.I.D.E. stands for Philanthropists Revolutionizing Ideologies, Diversity, and Education.
Funding is made possible thanks the generous donations made by graduating TAMIU students. These donations are part of the Class Giving Campaign.
"Coming from Mexico, I had the misconception that you must be either rich or remarkably intelligent to be able to attend a university in the United States. I was hesitant at first when I decided to apply since I had to go through extra steps as an international student. But I made it, my first day at TAMIU soon came, and I was beyond excited and ready to begin the path towards my future. I want to be able to give back to younger [TAMIU] generations and provide them with the support I have received throughout the years here. I want to impact young students the same way others impacted me."
Rebekah Kawas '19
"The gift of giving is a staple on our campus. As a Dustdevil, I found myself being mentored into a world that cultivated me into a leader through the acts of kindness of students like you who give to the Class Giving Campaign and through the guidance of those who fervently see the potential in spirit. Gifts like these instill in us the compassion and empathy that have become exceedingly relevant as I venture through post-graduation. My time as a Graduate student is punctuated with lessons that remind me of the power of communication, self-reflection, and togetherness. The gift of my Dustdevil P.R.I.D.E. Scholarship this past semester empowered me to be my best by being the gentle reminder that there will always be someone in my corner."
Sissy De Los Reyes '19
"I understand how fortunate I am to be here, on behalf of all students with different backgrounds and struggles who are trying to go beyond their parent's biggest dreams. That may not surprise some of you as reaching the American Dream decades ago could have ended up being just that, a dream. But I was never taught to just dream. At a young age and despite the financial burdens, my mother always taught us that being poor or rich was not defined by a paper bill, but rather by your state of mind. Because of this, the idea of obtaining a higher education after high school, and even now, the idea of attending graduate school for my doctorates, was never a dream. It is an honor to be a recipient of this scholarship, and now, a philanthropist, that will continue the circle of giving so that others like myself are able to go out there and make the world a better place."
Vikki Ortegon '20
"After my first semester at TAMIU, I realized that I may find myself in a difficult financial situation for the next year. Soon after, I found the Dustdevil P.R.I.D.E. Scholarship. I believed it would be a long shot for me, but I got called for an interview nonetheless. I felt so nervous and slightly terrified but I gave it my genuine best, and I even remembered an event SPC does known as Penny Wars. I remembered because that day, I emptied my coin bag into every college and decided that investing in the lives of other students was more important than the new Colourpop lip gloss I had been eyeing. I didn't mention this during my interview, but after realizing that this is what SPC stood for, I applied the next year. I am so honored to be a recipient of this scholarship. I owe so much of my financial relief to SPC and to the students who donate every year to the Class Giving Campaign. It is what makes me proud to have chosen TAMIU every day.
Maribel Medrano '20
"Returning to school at the age of 29 and as a mom to a 9-year-old, I felt so much anxiety and I was absolutely frightened. I believed I would be seen as a failure and as someone with no value or worth, but I was so wrong. My peers and my professors were accepting of my differences and instead of facing judgment and ridicule, I experienced kindness and encouragement. TAMIU is special and unique in that way. Once you decide to give a part of yourself to this Universtiy, it genuinely gives you a part of itself in return. All you have to do is take the first step, and you can do that by giving back. By giving back, we pass along the opportunities that our peers need to pursue their goals, and we help shape someone's future."
Q1: How can I apply for this scholarship?
A1: Applications open April 1 on an annual basis. The application link will be available on this page, so be sure to check back here during this timeframe. The application will only be open for two weeks.
A2: Think if an endowment the way we think of stock markets. Gifts of considerable amounts are placed in a fund which then generates interest. It is the interest that we use in order to provide funding for scholarships, programs, and more. Our endowment currently sits at $25,000.